• the DnA Show 2-13-16

    DnA Show 2/13/16

    Posted by David Bidwell on Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Extreme Cold Conditions will affect Southern New England

    Hello to all..


    ..Extreme Cold Conditions will affect Southern New England over the course of this weekend with dangerous and life-threatening cold wind chills and dangerously cold ambient air temperatures. Temperatures will moderate over the course of the day Monday. Strong Winds also likely for a portion of this weekend with a light snow event Friday Night over Cape Cod and the Islands..
    ..A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect from 4 PM Saturday until Noon Sunday for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area except for the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Cape Cod and the Islands. Wind Chills could dip as low as 20 to 30 below zero with isolated interior locations hitting 35 below zero. Ambient air temperatures will be 5 below to 5 above zero at the coast and 5 below zero to 15 below zero in the interior. Winds will be sustained at 15-25 MPH with gusts up to the 45-50 MPH range with isolated higher gusts possible at the coast. This is life-threatening cold that can bring frostbite exposure with just 10 minutes of exposure to the cold. Isolated tree and wire damage and isolated power outages are possible from the strong winds..
    ..A Wind Chill Warning is now in effect for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island except for Cape Cod and the Islands from 1 PM Saturday to Noon Sunday for wind chills to 25 below zero, record cold ambient air temperature values of zero to 5 below zero and winds sustained at 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH and isolated higher gusts possible. This is life-threatening cold that can bring frostbite exposure with just 10 minutes of exposure to the cold. Isolated tree and wire damage and isolated power outages are possible from the strong winds..

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  • Wellness Coordinators: Approach Employee Health Holistically (You Can’t Afford Not To!)

    There are multiple determinants to health. And you do want to address as many as you can through your work site wellness program, correct?

    Essentially, in the workplace setting, employee health is determined as a function of individual practices, organizational practices and the greater community in which the organization resides. In order to approach employee health holistically then, the workplace wellness program must address these three levels.

    Individual Health Determinants

    Researchers estimate that the individual determinants of health account for up to an estimated 40% of how healthy an individual is. At the individual level, biology, genetics, age and gender all impact individual health. Researchers estimate that these physiological determinants of health account for approximately 10% of how healthy an individual is.

    Researchers have also found that an individual’s experiences in childhood impact how healthy they are in adulthood. Experiencing trauma in childhood adversely influences how healthy they are in adulthood.

    Individual lifestyle factors, personal health practices and coping skills also play a significant role in how healthy an individual is. Researchers estimate that these could account for up to 40% of how healthy an individual is.

    The traditional approach to worksite wellness has typically focused on individual health and lifestyle factors and personal health practices in particular.

    Organization Determinants of Health

    Researchers have clearly established that a person’s health is also determined by social and economic factors, as well as individual factors. These are commonly classified as the social determinants of health. Research has estimated that the social determinants of health account for between 15 – 40% of how healthy the individual is.

    Management practices in the workplace contribute significantly to employee health and wellbeing. Management practices can either contribute to or detract from employee health and wellbeing.

    The work environment clearly influences and impacts the health and psychosocial wellbeing of employees. There is extensive evidence on the connection between the workplace and employee health and wellbeing. Many workplace conditions profoundly influence employee behavior, health and wellbeing.

    If the workplace is unhealthy, why would we ever expect employees to be healthy? It is for this reason that effective, successful 21st century worksite wellness programs focus just as much on organizational health, as they do individual employee health.

    Community Determinants of Health

    Employees and employers do not exist in isolation. Both are influenced by the community in which they live, work, play and operate. Typical community determinants of health include the physical environment (air quality, water quality, sanitation, etc.), the social environment and the cultural environment. Included in the environment is access to healthcare and social services.

    While healthy employees are good for an employer, healthy work places are good for the community. Being seen as a great place to work is good for the employer, but also good for the community. The more great places to work there are in the community, the healthier the community will be.

    Through corporate social responsibility type initiatives, employers are also contributing to the health of the community.

    Worksite wellness in the 21st century is more than just a focus on the health status of employees. Worksite wellness encompasses programming and interventions at the organizational and community levels as well.

  • Spring Like Weather in the Winter.

    So I get up at 6am to go to work and it was 56° out. and now it’s 59° out but we have snow on the way for tonight and tomorrow. Thanks Mother Nature. and Right now over the Weather Radio it just came across a Winter Storm Warning is not in effect. It looks like 2 – 4 inches of the unseen white stuff.